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Coconut Oil: The Beauty Edition

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So you’ve purchased a giant tub of coconut oil, now what are you going to do with it?

Coconut oil continues to be one of the most versatile products out there – being safe enough to eat and beneficial enough for every day use in everything from beauty to household products.  This post will focus on the most common ways to use coconut oil as a beauty product for both your face and body.  While there is an exhaustive list of beauty uses for coconut oil, I will focus on the top 7 I find to be most practical.  Allergic to coconut oil?  No problem!  With each use I’ll offer a swap.

Why Coconut Oil?

In addition to being extremely moisturizing, coconut oil is naturally antimicrobial, antifungal, and antibacterial.  You don’t think about it, but your body’s skin, and more importantly your face, is exposed to chemicals every day, from the makeup on your face to the pollutants in the air.  It seems like a no-brainer to use a product that is not only moisturizing, but has the ability to cleanse your skin from the effects of the day.  Not to mention, this readily available ingredient is safe, safe, safe!

Refined vs. Unrefined

Refined coconut oil means that the oil has been bleached and deodorized, while unrefined means that the oil was extracted from the fresh meat of a coconut.  Just based on the words, it seems logical to want unrefined oil, but let me explain why I usually opt for refined, at least for my purposes.  Both refined and unrefined have the same good for you fatty acids, however unrefined has more phytonutrients (plant-based nutrients) because some of them are destroyed in the manufacturing process of refining the oil.  Unrefined will also be less processed which is always a good thing.  I choose refined based on my general uses of coconut oil and because I find it to be more versatile, however, based on your planned uses you may choose to have unrefined or both in your pantry.  Refined coconut oil has a higher smoking point and is milder in flavor than unrefined, therefore it is better to cook with.  Additionally, while unrefined is technically better for skincare, I know that buying refined, cold-pressed or expeller-pressed (always look for this on the label) oil from a reputable company will be a much more cost-conscious choice and versatile choice for me.  That being said, you do want to get your coconut oil from a reputable company, and organic whenever possible, to ensure that the oil is manufactured in the most green way possible and not exposed to harmful processes and chemicals in manufacturing.  My recommendation are listed below, but know that there are many other reputable companies – I just can’t possibly list them all.


You can comfortably use coconut oil right out of the jar as a body moisturize.  You’ll find that it absorbs quickly and doesn’t feel greasy.  If you want take it up a notch, follow the recipe below for a whipped moisturizer.

  • 1 cup Coconut Oil of your choice (see suggestions above)
  • 1 tsp. Vitamin E Oil (to help block free radicals and preserve your moisturizer)
  • 5-10 drops of Essential Oil of your choice (my favorites are Lavender, Frankincense, and Tea Tree)
  • Optional: 1/2 cup jojoba, almond, or rosehip seed oil (for vitamin, antioxidant, and anti-aging properties just to name a few)

Instructions: Combine all ingredients and whip with a Kitchen-Aid type or other electric hand-mixer for 5-8 minutes.  A food processor will not get this the whipped consistency you want.  Pour it into a sealed glass container, let set, and enjoy!  As a bonus, you can use the plain or whipped coconut oil to relieve sunburn.

Be sure to also rub coconut oil on your bikini line or other places where you frequently shave and that are prone to irritation.  The oil not only helps to soften hair, but also helps to fight against bacteria.

Allergies: Swap coconut oil for Shea Butter.

Eye Makeup Remover

You can use coconut oil right out of the jar to remove stubborn eye makeup.  You’ll want to take a pea-sized amount and rub it between your fingers until it liquefies.  Rub this in circular motions on your eyes and your makeup will literally melt off.  Once done, you’ll want to use a washcloth or cotton round to wipe the oil – a water rinse won’t take it off.

The same way coconut oil can take makeup off your face it can do for your makeup brushes.  Add coconut oil to your brushes and leave them for a few hours, then wash thoroughly with castile soap.

Allergies: Swap coconut oil for Jojoba Oil.

Detoxifying Bath

Combine the following ingredients to warm bath to relax and unwind your body and mind.

  • 1 cup Coconut Oil of your choice (see suggestions above)
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup of Epsom Salt

Optional: 5-8 drops of Essential Oil of your choice (my favorites are Lavender, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary)

Allergies: Swap coconut oil for 2 oz. Jojoba Oil.

Hair Mask

A hair mask can have numerous benefits from helping with dry scalp to assisting in hair growth.  To make a mask, combine the following ingredients:

  • 2-5 Tbs. of Coconut Oil of your choice (see suggestions above) – The longer your hair, the more you need
  • Optional: 5-8 drops of Essential Oil of your choice (my favorites are Lavender, Cedarwood – good for dry scalp, and Rosemary – good for oily scalp)

Instructions: Combine ingredients and apply to your hair and scalp.  Leave on for 45 – 60 minutes.  Rinse hair with a small amount of Castile Soap and follow with your normal shampoo and conditioner routine.

Allergies: Swap coconut oil for 2 oz. Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

Shave Gel

This one is so simple – instead of shaving cream, using coconut oil.
Allergies: Swap coconut oil for your conditioner.

Cellulite Scrub

You can use this combination of ingredients to work on cellulite.

  • 1 Tbs. Coconut Oil of your choice (see suggestions above)
  • 5-10 drops of Grapefruit Essential Oil (anti-inflammatory to help break down cellulite)

Instructions: Mix ingredients and massage into the affected areas in a circular motion.  For best results follow with a routine of dry brushing – more to come on that in a separate post.

Allergies: Swap coconut oil for 2 oz. Jojoba Oil.


  • 1 cup Coconut Oil of your choice (see suggestions above)
  • 4 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • Optional: 2 tsp. of honey (helps remove dead skin cells)

Instructions: Adjust the recipe up or down based on whether you’re using this for your whole body or just your face.  Combine ingredients.  Gently apply to your face or body in circular motions.  Rinse off and pat dry.

Allergies: Swap coconut oil for Shea Butter.

What are your favorite beauty uses for coconut oil?

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